Sunday, February 3, 2013

1863 January 27 New Bern, N.C.

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F., 25th Massachusetts]

Jan 27
Dull to-day and to-night it is raining
Got a letter from home and answered
it.  Played gammon and read some.  This evening I
have commenced learning Pauls epistle to the
Romans and may God bless its instructions to my
benefit.  A fellow was taken yesterday by our pickets
who was blacked up for a spy.  They mistrusted him
it is said by his countenance, and by his wiping
the tobacco spit off of his mouth, when it run
down, and they took him to the brook and washed
him and found him to be white. Our cavalry
also took several prisoners by strategy.

MSS 11293

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